Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is an 84 year old Japanese Artist and Fashion Designer

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  • Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, where she was raised by a womanizing father and an oppressive mother who abused her youngest child physically and verbally.
  • Whenever her father went out to visit his mistresses, her mother ordered the little Yayoi to follow him and report his whereabouts; she would return home to be terrorized by the enraged woman.
  • Kusama speculates that the dysfunctional household may have nurtured her fearful fascination with sex and its representations.
  • Kusama began to experience regular visual and auditory hallucinations when she was about 12 years old.
  • She soon developed the compulsive habit—or, as she sees it, self-cure—of recording them in her sketchbook.
  • “The only way for me to elude these furtive apparitions,” she writes, “is to recreate them visually with paint, pen, or pencil in an attempt to decipher what they are; to gain control over them by remembering and drawing each one.”
  • all of her trademark motifs (dots, nets, flowers and pumpkins) come from those early hallucinations.
  • afraid and unable to discuss her problems with her parents, the adolescent Kusama developed additional mental and nervous ailments, including irregularities in her heart rate.
  • Reality was too agonizing to bear, but every time she thought of ending her life, “what saved me was making my way—blindly and gropingly at first—down the path to art.”

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(some of her art)

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Recently, the Whitney in NYC did a retrospective about her art and a huge instillation

 

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in 2011 Yayoi did work for Lancome and Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs. She has an exceptional personal style, and it reflects her art and exhibitions.

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Personal Fashion, distinctive in her brightly colored wigs and dresses covered in polka dots, Yayoi is a sight to be seen

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2 thoughts on “Yayoi Kusama

  1. I loved this post. Such an interesting woman, and I think a big part of this blog is the photography – one photo just wouldn’t do her justice. Really awesome topic too! SO much information about these women I have always heard of but never knew!

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